KCB 18 Impala 6

Kenya Commercial Bank will face Strathmore in the final of the 2011 Resolution Health Impala Floodlit Rugby Tournament after registering an 18-6 win over hosts and defending champions Impala RFC in the 7.30pm kick off.

Impala were quick off the blocks, taking the game to KCB and were rewarded with a seventh minute penalty following a KCB infringement. Innocent Simiyu drilled the resultant kick over, giving his side a 3-0 lead.

KCB would respond with a try from a line out in Impala’s twenty five, Anthony Ogot scoring the unconverted try to give KCB a 5-3 lead.

Impala would continue to prod KCB from the restart but KCB prop Edwin Alubaka somehow stole the ball, cantering thirty yards, offloading the ball to Dan Turungi who played in Matthew Musita who dropped the ball deep in Impala territory. They would continue to ask questions of Impala and were soon awarded a penalty that Peter Mutai drilled over to stretch their lead to 8-3.

Still piling pressure, Mutai dummied his way from a scrum down deep in Impala territory, touching down for a 13-3 lead.

Impala would try to get back in the game, prodding KCB but just lacked that killer punch.

Half time scores Impala 3 KCB 13

It was a furious start to the second half, end to end stuff. Impala forced KCB into a series of infringements, eventually earning a penalty that Simiyu drilled over, cutting the deficit to 13-6.

The game would continue to remain finely poised as both sides went in pursuit of those game changing points. Mutai’s drop goal attempt would bounced off the posts while Impala’s Vincent Mose, Nato Simyiu and Namcos looked dangerous with their piercing runs that caused KCB some anxious moments.

Musita would score KCB’s third try, a try that set up an exciting final fifteen minutes. KCB would eventually hold out for the 18-6 win and now face Strathmore in next weekend’s final.

KCB coach Howard Okwemba attributed his side’s success to two key factors, the desire to avenge the Grand Slam defeat to Impala and team work.